'Heaven in the Sky.'
Nu Martyr is the shining jewel of Renovatio. It is the capital of its province, located in the eastern region of Renovatio, south of the capital city La Guardia. Considered to be the wealthiest locality in all of Renovatio, every road paved beautifully with white stones, crystal jut out of any crevice they can find, and most buildings are covered in greenery of all sorts. There is pride in every small touch.
The city moves with constant activity; people are selling their wares in the open market found on the outskirts of Nu Martyr, others are preaching the good word of their Grand Kommandant - there is no such thing as silence here. With the airs of being extremely welcoming, the people of the white city are cautiously gracious towards new visitors. Anyone coming through will be welcomed, unable to disregard the warmth of the people and their constant buzzing. It is best to remain on your guard; not everyone carries the proper intentions towards wanderers.
The capital city rests at the base of a high mountain, built around the great lake Estrella. Estrella cascades over the cusp of Renovatio like a magnificent waterfall, naturally replenishing the planet below with Life Energy and natural minerals. Within the middle of the lake resides the Grand Kommadant, the Prayer Bridge connecting her home and the edge of her city. The bridge allows her people to ay their prayers and also to come to their Kommadant at any time for any matter.
Everywhere there are bundles of crystals jutting from the ground, adding a certain flair to the already beautiful city. Each crystal varies in size, and people are welcome to take them and use them however they see fit. Often mined for their beauty, the crystals are also incubators of magic that can be manipulated for enchantments and enhancements.
Time has changed Nu Martyr, making it a somewhat temperamental spot in its province. A variety of lakes and streams surround the city from all sides, making the city a tad cloudier and receive much more snow than average. Though it is not the snow that is the real problem as Nu Martyr will see flurries at most, but temperatures drop substantially, making it dangerous to travel outside the city no matter how adequately prepared one is.
The crystals crushed into the stones warm all roads and walkways; they are activated during the winter, melting away the snow for safer travels within the city. This allows the city to continue it's movement and minimizes the opportunity for any accidents that may occur due to ice and snow.
Summers are terrible, reaching sweltering and extremely uncomfortable temperatures that are considered not safe for most. The roads and walkways have the opposite effect during the summers, where the streets will feel fresh and comfortable. Though such is not to be considered as fool-proof, the heat and humidity make it uncomfortable to some, so it is suggested that most activity is taken to the later hours of the day when it is safe.
The wealthiest families reside in the capital, making it a cesspool of entitled individuals that have been known to confront the Grand Kommadant's rule.
These families do not represent the entirety of Nu Martyr; at its very core, a city is a gentle place that is tormented merely by events of the past. Those that have the money to buy influence will and the rest fight their way to the front lines. Whispers of an uprising have been passed through the streets, a group of individuals hopes to revert to the time before Primera took her position as Grand Kommadant. A slight uneasiness can be felt in the air. These are minor facets and issues of Nu Martyr that are met with upturned criticism.
With the influx of wealth pouring through the city, it is by far one of the more touristy places in Renovatio. Nu Martyr is home to some of the most famous art in Renovatio; the Cosmic Library and the collections from the Grand Trine museums are of the highest historical, scientific and cultural importance.
Tourism and pilgrimages are essentials factors that keep the city active. The Grand Kommadant has weekly public audiences and celebrates public mass and other services, and imparts her blessings to her people. Open-air mass is often held in the Stoile Square, where everyone goes to attend, no matter their religious beliefs and background.
Most, if not all, of the successful people living in Renovatio, have their hands in the business of transportation in the capital city. Such business ventures are only rivaled in profits by the energy producing corporations. The people are determined to keep their state of safety and healthy living, a determination that has created various opportunities for not only Nu Martyr but for the whole of Renovatio.
Clean living and a healthy lifestyle are heavily encouraged. Thus a majority of Nu Martyr's wealth comes from the products that allow such a life.
Outside from the major corporations, there is a scattering of various smaller shops and markets throughout. Handmade items help support the smaller businesses; the more unique, the better! Poverty is still an issue that has yet to be given a solution, anyone traveling through the city will see some beggars on street corners or people sleeping in alleyways. Nothing extreme, yet it is still there.
Ascendant Bank is run by a Board of Superintendence which report to the Grand Kommadant and the Supervisory Board of Renovatio. The AB is regulated by the Grand Kommadan'ts supervisory body: Ephemeris. The creation of the bank was to give the people of Nu Martyr a chance to better monitor their money in a useful and productive manner that will benefit their lives. Ascendant Bank provides safekeeping and administration of movable and immovable property.
The Cosmic Library was reinstituted by Primera once she took over Renovatio; the most significant collections of historical texts reside in the library. The Grand Kommadant's vision for the Cosmic Library was to create a public place to house various works, luring pilgrims and scholars to the city to help in its constant growth. It is meant to be seen as an institution for humanist scholarship.
The Cosmic Library is a research library for history, law, philosophy, science, and theology. It's open to everyone at any time, but it is substantially protected to keep the ancient texts secure and safe. No book is allowed to leave unless approved by Primera, and even then it would take a heavily researched reason as to why something would leave the Cosmic Library.
There are three sections in addition to the overall library, from bottom to top:
The Grand Trine
Displays works from the immense collection amassed through the centuries including some of the most renowned classical sculptures and most important masterpieces of the ancient art in the entirety of Renovatio. The museums are said to contain roughly 70,000 works, of which 20,000 are on display, and currently employ approximately 600+ people who work in various administrative, scholarly, and restoration departments.
Grand Trine I
This particular museum houses various sculptures saved and restored from multiple periods in Renovatio's history. Visitors to the museum will find themselves enraptured by the many galleries inside, one notable gallery being The Floor of Faces, the name coming from the mosaic on the floor which shows ancient theater masks. Another is the gallery of busts where ancient busts are displayed.
Parks & Recreation
Nu Martyr is a wonder in of itself. Built at the base of a grand mountain, it is surrounded by jagged mountain ranges and invading streams pooling into lakes. Wildlife is constantly seen wandering through and outside the city, and foliage is allowed to grow throughout the streets - a mix of nature and technology. Streets paved white and buildings to match, the beautiful city nearly shimmers underneath the hot sun.
Landmarks & Monuments
Star Gates are portals that open to specific stars that burn beyond the gates pearly exterior. Each of the four main cities of Renovatio has a Star Gate: Avylon, New Martyr, Oo’Xora, La Guardia.
The stars are the once fabled Manabai’wok in their natural form; each star represents the Manabai'wok given to the human man she had loved long ago. With their discovery, Renovatio was kept from falling out of the sky during the Halcyon; they still support the large island, making the Will of Renovatio unnecessary in that regard.
Visitors are welcomed and even encouraged to visit the gates, for they are indeed a sight to see! There are a few shrines beneath each one where people have paid their respects for the Goddess Steorra and her blessings since it's through her aid that Renovatio is still in place and that Primera can rule as she does.
Canopus Star Gate
The Canopus Star Gate inhabits the northern part of Nu Martyr, leaving the city to grow out and around it. Many come here to pay homage to the bright star, which is said to bring good fortune and a long, happy life.
The Statue of Tellus
Renovatio is a land full of many beliefs and gods that enhance said beliefs. Tellus remains at the head of the pantheon, the Heavenly Mother to all; from her, the All-Father and Steorra are considered her children, creations to follow the Heavenly Mother's Holy Plan.
When the All-Father returned to the stars to be at peace, no longer waging war against his people, no longer a motivator for catastrophic events, Steorra awoke from her punished slumber. She had aided Renovatio and is worshipped in every house due to her deeds as a gracious Goddess. Without her blessings, the island would not be floating to this day, neither would the people have something to believe in. Extremely devout, Renovatians depend on their prayers and hymns to carry them through their daily struggles; during the Halcyon, even the most religious had begun to doubt the use of their Gods.
Steorra restored their faith and with it, their faith in their Heavenly Mother. The Statue of Tellus is linked to the Holy Bridge (connected to Primera's home) where thousands come to pray daily. Many believe that wishes are granted here, for the statue possess the spirit of the Goddess Tellus Mater, who is forgiving and charitable to her loyal followers.
Government & National Security
PRIME (An individual who is the ruler of their city. They answer to the Grand Kommadant.)
Primeir Cartyr was the second Overlord-PRIME in the history of Renovatio. Not only did he serve his city, but he also helped his nation as their Grand Kommandant. Fair and handsome, The sacrifices Primeir's made for his people has immortalized him as an honorable man, and a hero despite his fall from grace.
His predecessor was his father Lirvyrnius Cartyr, the White King, who was the first to serve as an Overlord and PRIME.
Replacing Primeir Cartyr is Merida Persona; she also ruled as Grand Kommandant and Overlord of Nu Martyr. She timidly ruled over the people of Renovatio, only replacing Primeir in a hope to bring meaning back to her homeland. Her rule could be described as lackluster and dull; she had allowed the people of Renovatio to do what they wished and only asserted her jurisdiction when necessary, other than that the woman was a silent, devout ruler who loved her people but never had the skill to rule.
After Merida's death, her daughter Primera took the helm as Grand Kommandant overall. She does not reside as PRIME over Nu Martyr, leaving the title free for anyone worthy to carry.
The Celestial Guard
Private School and Universities employ the brightest mind on the planet to educate the youth who's privileged enough to have been born and raised in the capital city of Nu Martyr.
Primera Cartyr: The Grand Kommadant of Renovatio rules her land from the capital Nu Martyr.
Once heavily mana infused in ancient times, the Nu Martyr of today is a Primal city with a marble shell. Reborn within a realm enriched with opportunities, the Grand Capitol stands tall and supreme over her contiguous sisters as Renovatio's first Wonder. By far the wealthiest city in history, despite the hit the economy took during the Halcyon Events.